Caregiver/Elder Support Resources

For those who care for an elder or are in need of care themselves we have compiled the following resources:

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Is it really dementia or something less serious?  Links to useful articles
8 Treatable Conditions that Mimic Dementia
10 Drugs that May Cause Short Term Memory Loss

Don’t assume that changes in your balance, understanding others or physical comfort  “just a part of getting old.”
A growing number of studies have linked vision and hearing loss to cognitive decline. Compromised vision or hearing can also cause more immediate day-to-day problems, for example increasing your risk of tripping or missing a step, preventing you from hearing the tea kettle whistle and thus letting it boil dry, creating a fire hazard. Get your hearing and vision tested once a year. New aches and pains may have a treatable source so before you attribute them to “getting old” be sure to talk to your physician about these or any other changes in your health.

Local  resources and services on aging, health and elder care
• Eldercare Locator 
Public service of the US Administration on Aging. Tool to help you find resources in your community that provide information and assistance for older adults and caregivers.

• Sutter Health
• UC Davis Health System elder resources
• Kaiser Permanente Senior Resource Line
• Mercy Medical Group (Dignity Health) Senior Care Program

• A Place for Mom
– Large collection of articles on aging, health and elder care.
– Free-to-you service: a Senior Living Advisor will  assess you or your loved one’s lifestyle, care needs, budget, and preferences for senior living, recommend senior living facilities base on your needs, schedule tours, and offer guidance on making the move.

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi at Grace free, donations accepted
6:30 p.m. for beginners by appointment.Text Sifu Daniel Quincy at (916) 695-2141
7:30 p.m. for students with prior experience.
Tai Chi is comprised of slow and gentle movements that improve balance and concentration and help reduce stress. Sifu (teacher) Daniel Quincy has been offering classes here on campus every Wednesday for many years. He’s on campus at 7:30 pm for ongoing students but will come at 6:30 for beginner if you call first.

Easter Seals Warm Water Therapy Pool, 3205 Hurley Way, Sacramento
(916) 485-6711, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M–F.
Spring to Summer (DST) M–F 7 a.m.– 7 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.– 1 p.m
Fall to Winter (ST) M–F 7 a.m.– 6:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.– 1 p.m.
A heated, wheelchair accessible pool, maintained at a range of 92 to 94 degrees. A prescription is required for everyone using the pool.

You will receive an individualized set of exercises which you can perform on your own, for  an additional fee you can schedule time with a trained staff member to assist you.

Free drop-in classes are offered in low- medium- and medium-high impact and cover balance, coordination, flexibility, stress-reduction, range-of-motion, aerobics, lung strength, and fat burning.

Lap swimming is available from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

All individuals must be able to function independently in the pool and changing room, or with the assistance of their own aide/family member.

State and Federal Agencies on Aging
California Department of Health Care Services 
Links to Caregiver resources, Long-Term Care Alternatives, Veterans, Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal and more
Administration on AgingUS Department of Health and Human Services
Information on services  and programs designed to help older Americans live independently in their homes and communities.

Downloadable Caregiver guides:
The Caregiver’s Handbook”, a companion resource to the PBS documentary “Caring for you Parents
Additional worksheets and resource for “The Cargiver Handbook
• “Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers” from the Family Caregivers Alliance

Resources for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment 
“Substance abuse, particularly of alcohol and prescription drugs, among adults 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country. Yet, even as the number of older adults suffering from these disorders climbs, the situation remains underestimated, underidentified, underdiagnosed, and undertreated.”
Source: SMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol Series, No. 26
DHCS Substance Use Disorder Services
Phone Number: (916)-322-7012
DHCS Mental Health Services
Phone Number: (916)-322-7445
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems

Information on Smoking and How to Quit
American Lung Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention